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Louis Rossmann’s rants, tips, and ideas on the laptop repair industry.

Amtech NC-559-V2-TF flux for sale!

In most of my motherboard repair videos, the flux I am using is Amtech NC-559-V2-TF. A lot of people have asked what flux I am using because it makes the job so much easier. Even if I tell you what it is, I have not done the hard part of your job in locating Amtech...

What is error 53?

Error 53 is something often discussed online, without much information. Some think it is just an issue when you change the home button on an iPhone 6 or 6+. It isn't. You can get error 53'd even with the original home button. Error 53 is Apple's way of monopolizing...

Common onewire circuit ailment on older Macbook Pro logic boards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI7rvFLUzH0 One of the common issues is that liquid gets in along the vent and touches the board since there is no protection, and there are components along the vent that are very important. The onewire circuit is what allows the...

What is a voltage divider?

A voltage divider is a series of two resistors one can use to lower an input voltage to your desired voltage. Let's take the BKL_EN circuit, for example. Many circuits inside of a laptop don't come on until they see voltage at their enable pin – think of the enable...

Explanation of PP3V42_G3H power line on Macbook Pro logic board

In the past blog, I discussed the onewire circuit. Here I'd like to talk about a specific power rail, that powers the onewire circuit, and its importance.   The PP3V42_G3H power rail is one of many power rails on a Macbook Pro logic board. ignore the confusing...

The onewire circuit’s importance to Macbook logic board repair.

If the onewire circuit does not work, the charger will only output limited power to the board, and nothing will work off of the charger. The onewire circuit depends on proper function of the battery charger chip, the SMC, and the two ICs that are utilized in the...

BGA rework video using ZM-R6200C for Macbook logic board repair

Not relevant much anymore since Apple is covering these failed GPUs for free, but I figure it may be of interest to some how the work is performed. Here you'll see me remove the old chip, prepare the board for a new chip, and install the new chip. This process is a...

Is it right to take an iPhone 6 to Apple to get it fixed for a customer?

Apple replaces the screen to the iPhone 6 for $109. There is a lot of talk in the iDevice repair industry on whether it is ethical or not to take a phone from the customer, then bring it to Apple and have them fix it, while taking a middleman fee of $50 to $100. In a...

Employee management 101; look for patterns, not excuses!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTS_obccACQ From an employer's perspective, it is important to hire people who will produce for your business. You're going to find a lot of employees that come up with excellent reasons as to why they were unable to accomplish a task....

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